Food Security and the Longue Durée in Eurasia: Regional Case Studies and Global Perspectives

Nov. 5, 2020 (all day)
4217 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Pittsburgh, PA

Join the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies for an interdisciplinary symposium on food security in Eurasia. 

This interdisciplinary symposium takes a Longue Durée perspective on food security to explore the long term social, environmental, and political trends that shape foodways in Eurasia. Currently, Eurasia is facing dramatic problems of food security: droughts on the Mongolian steppe, floods in South Asia, internment of populations in Western China, etc. Eurasia is also a focus of significant global development projects for China, Russia and the United States, exemplified in China’s efforts along the New Silk Road. This region is also an important producer of food for populations; Russia exports more wheat than any other country in the world. How do we understand the regional and global implications of these trends? And can we draw on lessons from the past to work toward a more sustainable system of foodways as we go forward in Eurasia and across the world.